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Stanton O. Berg - (1928 - 20--)

Stanton O. Berg - "Stan" (1928-20...)

(An Auto-Biography)

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Stan Berg in his 80's

(Stan's Photo taken in his late 80's)

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A Synopsis of Stan's Life

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Stan was born in the small town of Barron, Wisconsin at the end of the "Roaring Twenties" and just as the world was about to enter the "Great Depression" years...Stan grew up in poverty on a small 20 acre farm near Rice Lake. As Stan was about to attend High School, World War II started. Stan graduated from  Rice Lake, High School just as World War II ended...World War II also ended the Great Depression as every able bodied man was needed in the War effort.

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Stan had a DNA sample tested by "Ancestry" in November 2017. The results of the DNA testing indicates that Stan's "Ethnicity" estimates show 61% Scandinavia, 14% Great Britain, 8% Europe West and 7% Ireland/Scotland/Wales...Indicated Migrations are Western Norway in Europe and the Ohio River Valley, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa Settlements in the USA.

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From the time of Stan's graduation from High School in Rice Lake, Wisconsin in 1946, Stan started his studies and his dreams of a "life time" in the Forensic Sciences...Stan's career in the Forensic Sciences did not end until the year 2005. It was in 2005, that Stan closed his Forensic Science Consulting Business in order to devote his full time to June's care as she approached the middle stages of her Alzheimer's disease...Stan  had dedicated some 61 years to the Forensic Sciences...During the years of the 1960's, 1970's,  1980's, 1990's and until the year 2004, Stan was involved in every major case involving forensic firearms. (Forensic Ballistics).

During the years of 1952 to 1984, some 32 years, Stan was also engaged in a successful parallel career with the State Farm Insurance Companies. During his State Farm Years, Stan first started out as a Field Claim Representative in the Hibbing, Minnesota Claim Service office and later the Duluth Claim Service Office. It was in the year 1957, that Stan was promoted to the position of a Claim Superintended at State Farm's newly opened Regional Office in Roseville, Minnesota. Stan continued to receive other management promotions until he finally retired from State Farm after 32 years to devote the remainder of his working life to his Forensic Science Consulting career. Stan was the Regional Manager (Minnesota and Wisconsin) of the State Farm Fire and Casualty Company when he left State Farm in 1984 to pursue a full time career in the Forensic Sciences. State Farm was always very supportive of Stan's activities in the Forensic Sciences.

Stan's career in the Forensic Sciences involved both work in the Criminal as well as the Civil sides of the Forensic Sciences...Forensic Science is defined as the "Study and the Application of Science to Law or the Purposes of Law".

Stan handled many cases that involved the accidental discharge of a firearm either due to negligent handling of the firearm or due to the faulty design of the firearm. One of the earliest of such Product Liability cases that Stan handled, was a case in Alaska Federal Court at Fairbanks, Alaska in the late 1970's...this case resulted in Punitive Damages against the Ruger Firearms Company and a multi million dollar verdict. (Day v. Sturm Ruger and Company) It was considered an historic case in the area of Firearms Products Liability...This was probably the earliest products liability case involving firearms. Stan handled many Firearms Product Liability cases following the historic Ruger Case. 

(Michael James Day v. Sturm, Ruger and Company.  Case alleged the defective design of a Sturm, Ruger and Company manufactured .41 Magnum Caliber Single Action Revolver. The Ruger fired when accidentally dropped while in the loading notch position.  The accident took place on 30 July 1972. Action was brought in Alaskan Federal Court. The Jury found against the Sturm, Ruger and Company. Damages were $137,759 compensatory damages and $2,895,000 in Punitive Damages. After various appeals the Supreme Court in Alaska found that the Sturm, Ruger and Company revolver was defective in design and awarded damages to the plaintiff.)

Stan's later work also included Airguns safety design and Products Liability.

During Stan's forensic consulting career, he handled approx. 1000 cases and testified in legal proceedings about 350 times. (Federal, Military, State, Territorial and local courts, including The Ontario Supreme Court in Saulte Ste Marie, Canada) Stan's testimony was also introduced in a Murder case in behalf of the Japanese Government.

Stan and June were married for 56 Years before Alzheimer's took her away...(1952-2008) June and Stan were both Christians and June is now in her Heavenly Home awaiting Stan's arrival...Stan and June have 4 Children (David, Daniel, Susan and Julie) They also have 22 Grandchildren and great grandchildren. One great Grandchild was named "June" in Honor of his Great Grandmother.

It was on 18 October 2012, that Stan and June lost their oldest son David...he passed away at Fairview Southdale Hospital, Minneapolis, another victim of Lung Cancer due to smoking.

Since June's death from Alzheimer's in 2008, Stan has devoted his remaining years to honoring June's Memory as well as promoting Alzheimer's awareness, research, funding and proper care practices. 

During Stan's daily prayers, Stan thanks God for the incredible life that God granted to Stan and June...a life that was far beyond Stan's wildest imaginations..."Thank You God". 

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Stan's Childhood Days

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Stan was born in Barron, Wisconsin on June 14th in 1928 as the only child of his mother Ellen F. (Nedland) Silbaugh. Historically this period of time was known as the "Roaring Twenties". Stan's natural father Royce "Mike" Candler abandoned both Stan and his mother Ellen shortly after Stan was born...Stan never met his natural father. Stan viewed his natural father as a person of low moral caliber for what he did to Stan's mother Ellen on the eve of the Great Depression. Stan's natural father left Stan nothing in material things but did leave him an interesting historical heritage...

The "Candler's" immigrated to the United States in the late 1700's from Callen, Kilkenny Ireland, settling first in Virginia and later in the South East...(Georgia) Stan's distant cousin's founded the Coca Cola Company, were instrumental in the creation of Emory University, one was a Governor of Georgia and another was Mayor of Atlanta...four of Stan's distant "Grand Uncles" and "Grand Father's" served in the Revolutionary War.

The photo of my natural father Royce Candler as shown below, appears to be a professionally posed photo...I do know that he made an unsuccessful run for the office of "Sheriff of Barron County, Wisconsin"... I suspect that this photo is one of those he used in his failed run for the office of "County Sheriff". 

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Royce Candler

(Royce "Mike" Candler - Stan's Natural Father)

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Stan's Mother's family Name of "Nedland" came from her father (Stan's grandfather) Gabriel Nedland who immigrated here from Flekkefjord, Norway. (Nedland was the name of the family farm in Norway...The Family Name was thought to be Tollaksen) Some of the family used the name of the family farm and others the name of Tollaksen after immigrating to the United States. (Through the Ellis Island Immigration Center) Some settled in Viroqua, Vernon County, Wisconsin. Stan's Grandmother (Annie Johnson) immigrated here from Grabbestadt, Sweden.

Stan's name "Berg" came from his mother Ellen's second husband Percy Berg...Although Stan's last name was "Candler" his school records were all in the name of "Berg"...Stan's mother Ellen in a court proceedings, arranged to have Stan's last name changed from Candler to Berg in order to match Stan's school records.

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 Percy and Ellen's wedding picture

(Wedding picture of Percy Berg and Stan's Mother Ellen - Ca. 1929-1930) 

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Stan's mother Ellen was a very beautiful you lady when Stan was born and was in her early twenties when she married Percy Berg...Stan's mother Ellen was just 19.5 years of age when Stan was born.

The Nedland's lived in Barron County, Wisconsin for the remainder of their lives. Gabriel Nedland was living in Rice Lake, Wisconsin when he died.

Stan's natural father Royce Candler died at the age of 55 years and is buried in a St. Paul Cemetery.

The Nedland's (Stan's mother and grandparents) are now all buried in the family plot in a small Lutheran Church Cemetery about 1 mile West of Barron and just off of Highway 8 to the North. The family Church in Barron  was the Norwegian Lutheran Church.

Stan's mother Ellen died on 21 October 2007, in the Barron Nursing Home at the age of 89 years just 2 months short of hr 90th birthday.  Mother Ellen died from the complications of Alzheimer's.

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Stan 1936

(Stan with His Irish Bulldog " Rex" -  Rice Lake - 1936)

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Stan had two dogs in his lifetime...while living in the small town of Barron in grades 1 and 2, Stan had a small Irish Bull Dog named "Rex"...when Stan's family moved to a small 20 acre farm near Rice Lake, the small Bull Dog was exchanged for a more suitable farm dog, a combination Collie and Shepherd that Stan named "Kazan."

The "Great Depression" days were tough...the family lived on a small 20 acre farm 2 miles southwest of Rice Lake. Their nearest neighbor was 1 mile away. Stan remembered his mother telling him one Christmas that their family income for the entire month of December was only 1 dollar...there was no electricity, no refrigeration, no indoor plumbing...light was from a kerosene lamp and heat was from a wood stove...the outdoor toilet on a sub-zero winter day was enough to make a "Spartan" sob...there were no school buses...the country grade school the "Walt Whitman," was 2 miles away...Stan remembers walking to school on a sub zero winter days and his feet hurting until mid morning before they warmed up...

"Speaking More than One Language - English - Spanish - Norwegian"

For most of us,  a single basic language that we use to make our way in life is all the languages that we know...and for most of us that is English..

Well, believe it or not, Stan has been able to speak two additional languages in addition to English...Stan wishes he did not let the other 2 languages get away from him but he did!

When Stan was a "little tike" beginning around age 4, his mother told Stan of how he would walk around the the down town streets of his home town of Barron, WI, hand in hand with his Grandpa Gabriel, and the two would be "jabbering" back and forth to each other in Norwegian "Norske"... Stan's Grandpa died when he was in grade school and with his death, his Norwegian also died...Now Stan does not know a word of it...

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languages

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As Stan was waiting to go into the Army during the period of time after WWII and the Start of the Korean War, Stan got a "brain storm that it would be nice to know Spanish...with that, StanI purchased a copy of the official "Border Patrol Interrogation Manual" and Stan literally memorized it...

Apparently Stan did a better job than he at first though he had...Stan practiced his Spanish on anyone and everyone in the service that Stan met that could speak Spanish...later when the members of the CIC were asked if any knew any foreign language that might be useful for interrogation purposes, "please so advise them"... Stan then mentioned that he had some knowledge of Spanish...

When they tested Stan, they decided that he could speak the language well enough so that if needed, Stan could help out in interrogating Spanish speaking people being investigated or other people of interest...much to Stan's relief, he was never called on to be an interpreter.

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"Playing with Dynamite"

Most people have heard of the expression: "That's Like Playing With Dynamite"....as a farmer's kid in the 1930's, Stan was guilty of playing with Dynamite...Dynamite had been used in industry's like mining and farming for many years...farmers used it to clear land, plant trees, drainage ditching, etc.

Dynamite came in prepackaged sticks...the sticks were stable forms of high explosive that required the shock of a blasting cap to make it detonate. The blasting cap was attached to the end of a fuse...to detonate the dynamite, a hole was made in the end of the stick of dynamite and the cap with a fuse inserted into the hole...the longer the fuse used, the more time before it detonated the cap which in turn caused the dynamite to detonate...yes, there were farm kids like Stan that liked to play with the fuses and blasting caps...Stan knew enough not to play with the dynamite itself,  just the detonating caps...it was like the 4th of July out of season...of course this was something Stan and friends did not let their parents find out about...

Most everyone has heard of the "Time Honored" old expression: "When the Cats Away, the Mice Will Play"...updated one could say: "When The Parents Are Away, The Children Will Play!"  

This was during the Great Depression years and not every farmer had the money to pay for Dynamite...Stan's family was the poorest of the poor....Stan's family lived on a small 20 acre farm while his neighbors farms were all 80 and 120 acre's...Stan's closest neighbor and one of Stan's friends could afford and did have Dynamite...it was through that friend that Stan became acquainted with Dynamite...and when the parents were away we would amuse ourselves lighting fused caps and have an ear/y 4th of July! The fuses came in coils and the caps in boxes.

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This was during the Great Depression years and not every farmer had the money to pay for Dynamite...Stan's family was the poorest of the poor....Stan's family lived on a small 20 acre farm while his neighbors farms were all 80 and 120 acre's...Stan's close neighbor and one of Stan's friends could afford and did have Dynamite...it was through that friend that Stan became acquainted with Dynamite...and when the parents were away we would amuse ourselves lighting fused caps and have an ear/y 4th of July! The fuses came in coils and the caps in boxes.

The Dupont company issued handbooks of instructions for farmers on the "safe use of Dynamite" as far back as 1911-1912.

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dynamite

(A dynamite stick with a blasting cap and fuse inserted}

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Note: Dynamite is an explosive made of Nitroglycerin, sorbents like shells or clay and stabilizers. It was invented by the Swedish Chemist Nobel in 1867. It rapidly gained widespread use as a safer alternative then gunpowder or nitroglycerin.  

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 In Stan's childhood days there were no welfare programs nor public assistance,  no school lunches, poverty was not an excuse for crime, no one locked their home at night nor when visiting friends...everyone had a .22 caliber rifle behind the front door...used for shooting game animals for food...no one was out shooting up the schools....Christians acted like Christians!

As an only child, Stan's childhood companion and friend, was a combination Collie and Shepherd Dog that he named "Kazan"...They often roamed the field's and woods together...the name "Kazan" came from Stan's  favorite old AM radio show called: "Sgt Renfrew of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and this faithful dog Kazan." As a team, Stan and his dog Kazan hunted small game together for food...Stan last saw his friend Kazan when in 1948, Stan left home to enter the service in the Army just after World War II...Stan often thought of his friend Kazan and hoped that his life ended comfortably.

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Stan with Cousin in 1938

(Stan age 10 - Grade 5 - and cousin Bernice (MI) - Farm- Rice Lake - 1938)

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It was Stan's generation that ushered in the "Atomic Age" and the "Space Age" and it was done without all of the modern day conveniences...no handy pocket calculators, or computers, cell phones or ipads...everything was done the hard way.

In school everyone was required to memorize the multiplication tables during the grade school years. The schools then taught a broad range of subjects such as Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, letter writing, English, Geography, History, Chemistry and Biology...Stan's favorite subject in High School was Chemistry and he often stayed after school to assist his Chemistry teacher with school projects...even his senior year "Annual" reflected comments by his fellow students referencing Stan as the "Chemistry Whiz".

Stan has always loved to read and in his younger days he loved Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn series...Stan started his love of the Sherlock Holmes stories in those early days. Stan's love of reading often resulted in Stan's building of "Air Castles" as he day dreamed about what his future life might be like! Stan never gave any thought as to how their extreme poverty might affect those dreams.

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School Days - Grade School through High School

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 Grades - Ages- Schools - Years

Grade 1,  Age 6, "Woodland Elementary School", Barron, Wisconsin. (1934)

     Note: When I started School in 1934, the Great Depression was in it's 4th year...The Wall Street Stock Market Crash of August 1929, a year after I was born, signaled the start of the "Great Depression".

Grade 2,  Age 7, "Woodland Elementary School", Barron, Wisconsin. (1935)

Grade 3,  Age 8,  "Walt Whitman" Rural Route, Elementary School, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. (1936)

Grade 4,  Age 9,  "Walt Whitman" Rural Route, Elementary School, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. (1937)

Grade 5,  Age 10, "Walt Whitman" Rural Route, Elementary School, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. (1938)

Grade 6,  Age 11, "Walt Whitman" Rural Route, Elementary School, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. (1939)

Grade 7,  Age 12, "Walt Whitman" Rural Route, Elementary School, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. (1940)

Grade 8,  Age 13, "Walt Whitman" Rural Route, Elementary School, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. (1941)

     Note: A County Examination was given to every Grade School Student to determine if the Student met the minimum standards for admission to High School...Stan passed the test and was advised that He had scored above the county average.

The Japanese Bombed Pearl Harbor, December 7th 1941, which began the entry of the United States into WWII.

Grade 9,   A ge 14,  "Rice Lake High School",  Rice Lake, Wisconsin. (1942)

Grade 10,   Age 15, "Rice Lake High school",  Rice Lake, Wisconsin. (1943)

Grade 11,  Age 16,  "Rice Lake High School",  Rice Lake, Wisconsin. (1944)

Grade 12,  Age 17,  "Rice Lake High School",  Rice Lake, Wisconsin... (1945)  Stan received his High School Gradation Diploma in May of 1946..

     Note:  WWII had just ended the year earlier in 1945....I enrolled with the local County Draft Board and was advised I would be drafted in the near future for occupation duty in order that the WWII combat troops could return to their homes...I chose to enlist instead so that I could choose my branch of service...(Army, CIC, Counter Intelligence Corp)... little did I know that the Korean War was right around the corner...I served for 4 years before returning home in May 1952!

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Country - Western Music, "The Grand Ole Opry"

Grand Ole Opry

(Grand Ole Opry Live - Photo taken by Stan at an Opry Performance)

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Stan was a longtime fan of "Country and Western Music and the "Grand Ole Opry"...The origin of the Grand Ole Opry dates back to November 28th 1925 as a one hour AM Radio Barn Dance on WSM....It was usual for Stan's family and others to Listen to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday nights when one had sufficient battery power left to operate our AM radios...that was in the 1930's and into the early 1940's...it was the time of the "Great Depression" and money was not available to buy the necessary A and B batteries to operate the radio...A batteries were rechargeable but the B batteries had to be replaced with new one...Stan can remember times that he would hold his ear against the speaker to hear the faint music. 

Stan had a love of the Classic  Country Music all of his life June shared that love of Classic Country music. Stan considered Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline to be the King and Queen of Country music...they were both killed in separate small plane crashes while trying to reach a singing engagement during bad weather.

Other Classic Country performers that Stan loved were the group called the "Highwaymen"...this group consisted of Willy Nelson, Kris Kristopherson,, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings...Stan was also a fan of George Jones and Ray Price...on the ladies side of the spectrum was Tammy Wynette, and Connie Smith.

The forensic sciences and the "Grand Ole Opry" fit together like a hand and a glove...June and Stan were able to attend three live performances of the Grand Ole Opry in 1990, 1992 and 1996...each of these years had Forensic Science Conferences scheduled n Nashville...Stan attended the conferences by day and then June and Stan attended the live "Grand Ole Opry" performances in the evening. Those were great days and times.

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Stan 1940

(Stan at age 12 - 7th Grade - 1940)

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Stan's mother's second marriage was to Percy Berg, an alcoholic and a heavy smoker. Percy smoked and drank himself to death (cancer of the throat) in the early 1940's just as the United States was entering World War II.

Stan's early life (3rd grade and High School) was spent going to school in Rice Lake, Wisconsin...these were the "Great Depression" days that ended with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941...every able bodied man went into the armed services except certain farmers needed to provide food and meat for the armed services.

Stan went to Grade School first in Barron, Wisconsin (Grades 1 and 2) and later in Rice Lake, Wisconsin where he graduated from High School in 1946, just a year after World War II ended.

Because Stan's School records were all in the name of Berg, Stan's mother had Stan's name legally changed from Candler to Berg in order to match his school records.

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1946

(Stan's Graduation Picture - Rice Lake High School - 1946) 

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DRAFT REGISTRATION

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When Stan graduated from Rice Lake High School in Middle May of 1946, Stan had not yet reached the age of 18. About a month later on June 14th, 1946, Stan reached his 18th birthday and was required to Register for the Draft on that date!

Stan did contact the local Draft Board on his birthday and completed his registration. (What a Birthday Present!) Stan was issued a wallet sized card by the draft board and was told to carry the card with him at all times.

Stan's draft card contained his complete Name and Address as was dated the 14th of June 1946. The card indicated that Stan was registered with local Draft Board No. 1, in Barron, Wisconsin. The card contained a form No...D.S.S Form 2.

The card format contained the following admonition in bold print: "THE LAW REQUIRES YOU TO HAVE THIS CARD IN YOUR PERSONAL POSSESSION AT ALL TIMES."

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Draft Card

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Note: Stan did not wait to be drafted. but instead he chose to enlist in the Regular Army (1948) so that he could select the branch of service and the type of training that he would receive. Stan chose the Army Counter Intelligence Corps with Headquarters at Fort Holabird, Baltimore, Maryland. Stan enlisted for 3 years instead of the normal 2 years in order to eliminate any reserve requirements at the end of his enlistment. Little did Stan know that the Korean War was just around the corner and Congress by Public Law, extended Stan's enlistment from 3 years to 4 years. Stan was "Honorably Discharged" from the military service in 1952. 

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German POW Camp in Barron, Wisconsin

German POW's 

(German Prisoner's of War)

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Barron, Wisconsin (Stan's Home Town) hosted hundreds of WWII German POW'S...I recall in my High School years,approx 1943-1944...being intrigued by a German POW camp just a mile east of Barron on Highway 8, on the south side of the highway. By the end of  WWII, it was said to have housed hundreds of POW's.

Barron News-Shield: "While Barron County residents were fighting in the fields and forests of Western Europe during the last two years of World War II, hundreds of “the enemy” were living back home, in clusters of tents built by the United States Army on the outskirts of Barron.

A little-known chapter in the area’s military past, the tent camps were part of an Army campaign to set up German prisoner-of-war outposts throughout Wisconsin. In Barron County, and scores of other locations around the state, captured German soldiers were put to work in factories or (as was the case here), harvesting crops and helping to can vegetables at several area locations."

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Stan's comments: Th POW's were in most cases, a dependable work force that responded to a a great need in filling positions that would have been done by men who were then in the armed services. Most camps were fenced with snow fence or something similar, as much to keep the people out as to keep the POW's in,

There were few attempts to escape, some might get out but would return when they got hungry.

Being that the camp was right next to the highway, it did attract curiosity seekers like myself and other students or nearby residents.

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 Stan Pondered...What Should He Do with His Life

As a poor farm kid growing up on a small 20 acre farm in Rural Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Stan often built "Air Castles" as his mind imagined, wandered and wondered...what would he do with his future life...farming, try to find a life patterned after Stan's hero "Sherlock Holmes"...he even thought of becoming a "Taxidermist' and mounting and preserving birds and animals...as history shows, Stan did learn Taxidermy, he did equip himself to be a farmer, learned "Fingerprinting" and even attended a school on Fingerprinting at "The Institute of Applied Science" in Chicago in 1946. (Most of the nation's crime lab's with fingerprint specialists were trained by the IAS..

The photo below shows Stan (left) at the Institute of Applied Science in Chicago (1947) learning how to properly take rolled fingerprint impressions on a standard fingerprint card.

Stan also completed a series of subjects on general forensic science from a correspondence institution called the "International School of Criminology" conducted by H. P. Wunderling in Seattle, Washington...Stan Completed ISC courses in "Microscopy" and "Legal Medicine" and received diplomas in both fields of forensic science.

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IAS

(Stan (on left) at the IAS - Chicago- 1947)

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To be on the safe side in Stan's knowledge and schooling, Stan took a course on "Radio and TV Electronics" in 1954-1955 while living in Duluth...Course was paid for by Stan's GI Bill entitlement...this involved not only servicing of Radio and TV sets but also construction of test equipment like "Volt Meters"...while this served to overall broaden Stan's knowledge in the sciences, this information was never directly used...of course the neighbors always called on Stan to fix their TV's and Radio's when down...This Stan did without change

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in those early years there was no formal college level resident schools offering an education in the forensic sciences...even currently such university courses are general in nature and do not prepare any one to work in a governmental crime lab. All Crime laboratories whether they be Federal or State, train their own people.

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Stan took a course in "Taxidermy" (1944) from the "Northwestern School of Taxidermy" , located in Omaha, Nebraska and operated by a J. W. Elwood, who was also the founder. The School advertised: "Kill Animals, then make them look alive again!" Stan at best was only an average "Taxidermist" and he soon gave up any ambitions to make this his life's work.

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Taxidermist schhol

(Northwestern School of Taxidermy Catalog - 1944) 

 

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4H Clubs and FFA (Future Farmers' of America)

During Stan's grade school and High School years, Stan participated in the 4H Clubs and would annually raise a young Guernsey Heifer calf. Stan would later take his Heifer Calf to the local County Fair in Rice Lake to display and compete in the "Cattle Judging" contests. Rice Lake is located in Barron County....the headquarters for the Barron County 4-H Club is in Barron, Wisconsin...Today the 4-H Clubs serve the youth in both Rural and Suburban areas of both Barron and Rice Lake, Wisconsin...they tackle the nations top issues from Global Food Supply, Food Safety, Agricultural and Farm Animal Safety...Stan was ages 12 to 18 at this time in his life.

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4 H

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Stan also participated the the Rice Lake High Schools FFA or Future Farmers of America...both the 4-H Club and the FFA Future Farmers of America were Student or young people organizations that promoted Farming and Agriculture...while Stan also had dreams of a career in the Forensic Sciences, Stan had grown up as a Farm Boy...he naturally participated in the youth programs that promoted such skills.  The Rice Lake High School chapter of the FFA  was a student led organization where each student has the opportunity to participate and develop as an individual  with roots firmly entrenched in Agriculture. Stan's FFA years were ages 14 through 17.

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FFA

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Boy Scouts of America

Stan was also a member of the local Rice Lake group of the "Boy Scouts of America" and attended local Boy Scout Camps...Stan had the Rank of "Life Scout" when he graduated  from High School and joined the Army...Stan remained a participant in the Boy Scout movement for most of his life...The Motto of the Boy Scouts of America is "BE PREPARED".

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Boy Scouts

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Stan originally was a Boy Scout in Troop 28, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin and a part of the Chippewa Valley Council...the local Scout Camp was located just north of Rice Lake on the L.E Phillips Scout Reservation or Scout Camp.

Stan still recalls vividly the time that Rice Lake Troop 28 went to spend the weekend of the first day of Spring at the Phillips Scout Camp....(Circa 1944 or 1945) when an unexpected cold snap over night dropped the over night temperatures to 10 below zero...not exactly what one would expect on the first day of Spring...the Scout motto was "Be Prepared" but no one was really prepared for such a climate change on the first day of spring. Everyone survived this cold front set back in very good spirits...but it was a Scouting event that Stan never forgot!

During his Army Service days Stan was a Scout Master for groups of young boys who lived with their parents on the Fort Holabird, CIC Center Army Post...Stan would on occasion, take a group of youngsters to a nearby Scout Camp...In later years, Stan served as a Merit Badge counselor. Much of Stan's lifetime involved service in and for the Boy Scouts. Stan has always had a high regard for the Boy Scout Movement.

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Stan's Military Career

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Stan in the service

(Stan - Graduation - Basic Training - Fort Knox, Kentucky - July 1948)

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Stan graduated from High School in Rice Lake, WI in 1946...this was just a year after WWII had ended...men were still being drafted into the Armed Services in order to replace the overseas combat veterans with occupation troops and bring those veterans home that had already served so valiantly...Stan decided to enlist in the Army instead of waiting to be drafted so that he could choose his own branch of service and training...He enlisted in 1948 for 3 years...the Korean War came along and his time in the service was increased by public law to 4 years.

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Army Counter Intelligence Corps

Stan's regular army serial number was "RA-16-284-530". Stan spent his entire Army career at the Army Counter Intelligence Corps. Center in Dundalk a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland...He often spent week ends volunteering at the Baltimore Police Department's Identification Division...Stan was already fully trained in fingerprint identification...Stan was trained in the use of the .30 caliber M1 Garand Rifle, the .30 caliber  M1 Carbine, the .45 caliber M3 Sub-machine Gun and the .38 Special Double Action Revolver. Stan received an Expert rating in the Rifle...Because of the sensitive nature of the CIC operations, Stan received a "Top Secret" clearance requiring a complete background investigation.

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CIC

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Stan was and is a Life Member of the  Army Counter Intelligence Corps. Veterans Association. The above badge was both the emblem of and the badge of all Army Counter Intelligence Corps. agents...the CIC had the duty of investigation of all cases of suspected (TESS) Treason, Espionage, Sedition and Subversive Activities among both Army Personnel and Civilian employees of the Army.

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Stan's basic training took place at Fort Knox, Kentucky in the 3rd Armored Division...Stan was in Charlie Company "C" of Combat Command B, 36th Armored Infantry Battalion.

The 3rd Armored Division pulled a heavy oar during the WWII years of 1942, 1943 and 1945. The 3rd Armored served in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe...It was in 1946 that the 3rd Armored Division  became a "Basic Training Division" for newly inducted soldiers at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

When firing the .30 caliber Garand rifle for record, Stan scored 196 points out of a possible 200 and was 2nd highest in his company of 300 men.

Everyone was required to memorize the serial number of their rifle and also become proficient in the take down and re-assembly of the rifle. Stan as a farm boy, was already proficient in the use and handling of firearms.

Stan was also trained in the use of the .30 Caliber M1 Carbine and the proper use of Grenades. It was later in the CIC Center that he received training in the use of the M3 Sub-Machine gun, also referred to as the "Grease Gun".

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3rd armored Division

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During Stan's later service at the Counter Intelligence Corps. Center in Baltimore, he studied law and obtained a legal degree of "LL.B" after taking his law exams through the Army Judge Advocate Generals Department.

Fort Holabird was the Headquarters for the CIC worldwide. Stan was involved with the development of first Counter Intelligence Corps Agent's Manual to be used as a guide by all the Counter Intelligence Corps Agents.

Stan's Military Occupation Specialty  was Administrative (4247) enlisted grade 4. (Grade 4 is equivalent to a Sgt in today's Army) During that time Stan also attended the Army Administration School at camp Lee, Virginia and the CIC School at Fort Holabird, MD. Stan also attended a "Military Justice" course. When Stan received his "Honorable Discharge" his related Civilian occupation was described as "Investigator II."

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Military Leave and Transportation

Members of the armed services normally all received 30 day of leave time during each year of service...It was common to split the 30 days of yearly leave into two (2) 15 day periods...Stan would take his first 15 day leave each year in the month of May and his second one in November during Thanksgiving...that timing also permitted Stan to go Deer hunting. Most service men would opt to come home for Christmas instead of Thanksgiving...All travel was by rail and this required 2 days of travel each way or a total of 4 days of travel time...That would give Stan 11 days of leave time at home...Air travel was not an option. Stan traveled on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from Baltimore to Chicago and the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad from Chicago to Rice Lake, Wisconsin where Stan's parents would pick Stan up at the Railway Station...Stan would usually arrive in the early evening hours...

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Stan at CIC

(Stan at the CIC Headquarter's Building Ca. 1951)

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Stan as a Army Parade Guidon Bearer

It was by a "Post Review" order dated 15 August 1950, signed by O.A. Nickerson, Lt. Col.,Adjutant General, that Stan was first appointed as a "Guidon Bearer" for Company F, second Battalion, Headquarters, Fort Holabird, Baltimore, Maryland.

Why Stan was selected for this honor, Stan never found out...Stan had never been a "Guidon Bearer" and had no experience with this position...Stan looked at this position as "Nerve Wracking"...Stan's position was on the extreme right flank of the marching battalion and several feet in front of the marching troops...

It was Stan's job to keep the battalion marching in a straight line and past the reviewing stands...at which point Stan and the Battalion did an "Eyes Right" as they marched past the reviewing stand containing all the top brass of Fort Holabird...after passing the reviewing stand the order changed to eyes front...Stan would fix his sight on a point on the horizon and straight ahead in an effort to keep the Battalion marching in a straight direction..

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Guidon

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Stan carried a "Guidon" which was a long staff with a small unit flag on the top...the "Guidon" staff was long  enough so that it was at a height above Stan where it could be observed by the rest of the Battalion...Stan's "Guidon" position was a lonely one and Stan always hoped the he was moving the Battalion in a straight line...

"Drill and Ceremony Instruction Rules for the "Guidon" Bearer...The display of the Unit's "Guidon", is a time honored tradition...The "Guidon" Bearer is the most visible person in the formation. It is a high intensity position and requires discipline and Knowledge. As a platoon leader, you must know the "Guidon" Bearers job  is to make your platoon look good."

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Home away from home

(Stan's Home Away from Home - CIC Center)

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Wisconsin Deer Hunting Season

Stan would take 2 weeks of leave time every November and return to his hometown of Barron, Wi and stay with his parents...Transportation to and from was always by rail. He would usually enjoy a big Thanksgiving Dinner with his mother and step father...but Stan also was a deer hunter and deer season also took place during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

Stan was an Ardent Deer Hunter and almost always got his Buck....Does were protected while Bucks were not...most people think of shooting a deer as a clean kill with little suffering by the deer...far from it!

Stan had his lever action, Winchester Model 1894, 30-30 caliber deer rifle...other hunters may have preferred the bolt action 30-06 caliber rifle...some shots at the deer were clean kills while many were not..

Most of the time the range was around 100 yards and the deer was a moving target traveling through trees and underbrush...many deer were badly wounded and crippled and would escape to later die a slow and painful death...after making their way to a point of concealment in an area of brush and undergrowth.

I cannot remember a single deer season that I did not hear of such a wounded deer, escaping to later die a slow and painful death...I am now sorry that I was ever a part of such cruel events. I even wonder about animals mating and animal families...perhaps they also suffer their own grief and sorrow at the loss of a mate or family member!

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Girl Hunting Season

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Stan

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During Stan's leave time he would also try to start a relationship with an attractive local Barron girl...First try was in May 1949 when he met "Shirley"...while Stan thought things were going well it was only a few months later that Stan received a "Dear John" letter from Shirley. Apparently the local guy would convince Stan's new girl friend that Stan was not a good choice and and a risky choice, hence the letter.

In May 1950 Stan tried again with a lady named "Lucy"...in a few months Stan again received a "Dear John" letter.

Stan had no anger with the ladies...after all if they had a question, then they probably did not belong together...Stan however remained friends with them for the rest of his life...like the old country western song: "We Said Goodbye Like We Said Hello, in a Friendly Sort of Way."

Stan did not seek membership in the American Legion Club until 1985. At that time Stan joined the Fridley American Legion Post 303...It was a year later that he applied for and paid for Life Membership...Stan has been a Paid Up For LIfe (PUFL) Member of the American Legion for over 31 years now. (2017)

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Legion

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Stan's Introduction to Race Cars

It was around 1950 that one of Stan's Army CIC friends who was a race car enthusiast, talked Stan into accompanying him to a race car speedway near Lanham, Maryland. While I have never been a race car enthusiast, I was less then enthused about the ticket price for attending.

My friend assured me that we could assist with one of the race car pit stops and that there would be no cost...again I objected on the basis that I knew nothing about assisting in a pit stop. The cars making a pit stop needed to be rapidly gassed up and all 4 wheels/tires replaced with new ones and quickly be on their way. Again my friend assured me that our lack of experience would not be a problem...we would not be directly involved in the gassing or tire change...we would simply have the new wheels/tires ready to be handed to the "hands on" wheel/tire changers. My friend was right and all went smoothly.

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race car

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There was an air of excitement about being a part of the race itself and right in the middle of all of the action...roaring engines and roaring crowds...that however, was the end of my Race Car experiences!

Apparently the Lanham race car speedway was not a locally successful operation as it no longer exists. Lanham  is not incorporated as a village or city but rather is a community located in Prince George County, Maryland. It makes up 3.6 square miles and is located SW of Baltimore about 2/3rds the way to Washington D.C.

 

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Best Friends - Special Friends of a Lifetime

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Best Friends

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We all have current friends that we would classify good friends and a few that we would call our close friends..only a few of our friends during our life time could be classified "Best Friends"...their friendship spanned a life time...they occupied our lives during some of the more intense periods of time and continued as friends for much of our life...we all have fond memories of such special "Best Friends".

Stan had five (5) such "Best friends" during his life..they have now all passed on before him, leaving Stan with pleasant memories of those days...Each occupied a special time segment  of Stan's life...

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Willard Gustafson

In Stan's grade school days while attending a rural school at Rice Lake, WI, He had a "Best Friend" (Late 1930's). They They attended the "Walt Whitman" Country grade school. Stan's Best Friend was WILLARD GUSTAFSON. They both lived on nearby dairy farms during the "Great Depression" years...they were both members of the 4-H Club and displayed cattle at the annual Barron County Fair...although Willard was slim and trim and in otherwise good health, he died of a heart condition on Monday, February  6th, 2012 at the age of 83, at Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

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Tilden E. "Til" Orton

In Stan's High School days at Rice Lake High School, Rice Lake, Wisconsin. (Early 1940's) Stan had a "Best Friend", TILDEN E. "TIL" ORTON. Tilden attended the nearby Chetek High School. Tilden was a natural born artist. Tilden also loved dressing in western style clothes and riding his favorite pony.  Stan was the "Best Man" at Tilden's Wedding in the Spring of 1949. Stan later hosted Tilden's 25th Wedding Anniversary Celebrations. They often went hunting small game together. Tilden had many health problems and  he died at the age of 77 on Wednesday 11 October 2006.

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Richard A. Dugstad

During Stan's Army days in the Counter Intelligence Corps (1948-1952) Stan was stationed at the CIC Center in the Baltimore suburb of Dundalk. Stan had a "Best Friend" RICHARD A. DUGSTAD...they both occupied opposite bunks in the dormitory at the CIC Center. Because of their seniority, their bunks were at the end of the building in a bay that housed 20 men...that gave them some measure of privacy with a wall at their backs. "Dick" as his friends called him, gave Stan one of the biggest compliments of his life...as Doug was watching Stan work on some legal lesson plans for a legal degree (LL.B) through the Judge Advocate General's Department, Dog asked Stan: "Have you ever failed at anything"....they separated when Doug was assigned to one of the CIC Detachments in Germany...here he met and married a German girl...Stan remained at the CIC Center in Baltimore....they continued their friendship after their service days were over...Doug took  on a career in the State Department as a Vice Counsel...June and Stan visited Doug later at his home in the Fairfax, Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C....Stan would see Doug from time to time in his forensic travels to Washington, D.C...Doug later came down with a form of Cancer that took his life...Stan remembers Doug's special "Good Bye" phone call to him shortly before he died in 2001 at the age of approximately 73 years. Doug originally grew up in Spring Valley, Minnesota.

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James "Jim" Campbell

After leaving the service (1952) Stan started working at his first job with State Farm Insurance  Company, in St Paul, later Roseville, Minnesota. (Stan was handling forensic cases on the side until he could later start his own "Forensic Consultant" business full time.) It was at State Farm Roseville, that Stan met his next "Best Friend". (Circa 1960)...This "Best Friend"  was "JAMES "JIM" CAMPBELL"...they both had supervisory jobs in the claim department at State Farm. Stan had much respect for Jim as an intellectual...Jim's speeches at conferences were filled with inspiring quotes from poets and philosopher's...One such quote that Stan adopted and used himself many times later to impress the investigative staff with the importance of recording the facts of investigations. "Time Dissipates Into Shining Ether, The Solid Angularity of Facts." (Ralph Waldo Emerson) They both enjoyed "Rock Hounding" together or just talking with each other....Jim had many health problems, which continued to grow more serious.  Jim in his early days was an alcoholic who had recovered and was then an officer in "Alcoholics Anonymous". Stan feels that Jim's early alcoholic days had taken a toll on Jim's Life. His series of continued illnesses required that Jim leave his State Farm employment...It was a few years later that his diminishing health finally took his life. Stan saw Jim a day or two before he died.  Jim knew Stan was concerned that Jim's relationship was right with their Christian God. Jim assured Stan that his relationship with God was a good one. Stan was a Pallbearer at Jim's funeral. Jim was probably in his 60's when he died. Jim's wife Thelma was also June's and my friend. His death was probably in the 1970's in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota.

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Douglas "Doug" E. Gish

Stan's 5th life time best friend was DOUGLAS "DOUG" E. GISH...(1957 - ) Doug was a neighbor and just a good friend....Dog was a "Circulation Manager" for the Minneapolis Star and Tribune...almost nightly, Doug and Stan would spend an hour or more having coffee, visiting, joking and having good conversations at a nearby Snyder's Drug store coffee counter...Doug was an avid fisherman who kept June and Stan in a constant supply of freshly caught and flayed Crappies...After the Fridley Tornadoes of 1965 (both their homes destroyed)  they both moved to the low hill in the Gardena Avenue area just east of Moore Lake. They built homes on opposite corners across from each other on Gardena Lane. Doug developed many health problems, one of which was Cancer that eventually took his life...Doug died at the age of 68, on Sunday, January 31st, 1999...Doug was the last of Stan's life time special "Best Friends".

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Stan's Note: June also came to know some of Stan's Best Friends and they also became friends of June's.  June met Stan's best friend Dick Dugstad when Stan and June first visited Washington D. C. to explore the nation's capital during a vacation trip. June also knew Jim Campbell and was good friends with both Jim and his wife Thelma. The Berg's and the Campbell's went rock hounding together. Doug Gish and his wife were also Neighbors and friends of Stan and June. Both of their original homes in Fridley were destroyed in the great Frdley Tornadoes of 1965.

 

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Meeting June for the First Time

It was in May of 1951 when Stan was home on leave that He first met June...Stan was introduced to June in a little restaurant where June was working called "Gullicksons"...they spent time together every day of Stan's leave...they had their first dinner date at "The Spot", a beautiful little dinner restaurant on Lake Chetek...afterwards they walked and talked by the lake...June did not send Stan a "Dear John" letter and that became the start of their lifetime together

When Stan again returned home in November, He proposed to June and she accepted...Stan went from a "Jack to a King". Stan was discharged from the Army on the 2nd of May 1952 and they were later married on 16 August 1952 in Bloomington, Illinois where Stan was attending a State Farm training school.

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 June and Stan's Life Together

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 June and Stan's Wedding

 (June and Stan's Wedding Picture - August 1952)

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June and Stan's wedding started out on a hectic note...Stan had been attending a month long school conducted by State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company in Bloomington, Illinois. Stan had just been hired by State Farm following his discharge from the Army in June of 1952. Since State Farm intended to assign Stan directly to their new Hibbing, Minnesota Claims Office from Bloomington, Illinois, and since June and Stan were then living in Barron, Wisconsin, it was decided to have June travel to Bloomington, Illinois so they could be married in Bloomngton. June and Stan would then both travel together to Hibbing, Minnesota as man and wife. Stan arranged for June to travel to Bloomington, llinois by overnight train and arrive bright and early on Saturday morning so they could have an early wedding Saturday morning.

The problem with Stan and June's wedding plans was that Stan had overlooked the fact that before they could be married it was necessary to obtain a wedding license at the local county office and that blood tests were also needed....Unfortunately the county office of McLean County, Illinois in Bloomgton was closed on Saturday.

Fortunately for June and Stan, 1952 was a different time and place, and society was kind to most everyone including strangers...Stan was able to make a phone contact with a county representative to see what could be done...the result was that the County willingly opened their County office just to issue June and Stan a Wedding license and also rushed the required blood tests through...all ended well.

Later that afternoon, June and Stan were married at the Wesley Methodist Church in Bloomington, where Stan had previously made arrangements with the church pastor...Bloomington,  Illinois had no Lutheran Churches at that time.

This display of kindness and friendliness so common in that age and time did not end here...Stan had rented a room from a local elderly lady who owned a large mansion type home...this was to be their brief honeymoon home...when this lady, a Mrs. Veach found out that June and Stan had just married, she moved out of her large mansion and left the Mansion entirely to June and Stan...in addition she baked them a wedding cake and took pictures of June and Stan...Stan wished that they had gotten more information from Mrs. Veach, so that later they could have given her a better thank you...unfortunately they did not.

From that point forward, June and Stan had a marriage that lasted for 56 years until the cruelest of diseases, Alzheimer's, took June away from Stan in late 2008.

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"HER FOREVER BEAU"

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WHEN ASKED , WHAT WAS HER BEST FEATURE?

"HER SMILE" HE ALWAYS REPLIES.

ON A SPRING DAY THEIR EYES FIRST MET.

LOVE WAS WRITTEN IN THE BLUE BLUE SKY.

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TIME WALTZED WITH THEM THROUGH LIFE

AS THEY RAISED A FAMILY.

CRISSCROSSED SEAS AND FARAWAY LANDS

...AND GLIMPSED A MOMENT IN ETERNITY

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WHEN THE DARKNESS OF ALZHEIMER'S FELL...

JUNE KNEW HE'D BE THERE HOLDING HER HAND.

SHE NEVER FEARED BEING ALONE..

WITH HEART AND SOUL, HER FAITHFUL STAN.

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IN MOMENTS OF DEEP GRIEF AND STRESS...

HE WANTED TO STOP TRAFFIC ON THE FREEWAY..

AND ASK THE PEOPLE, DON'T YOU  SEE -

I'M LOOSING MY LOVE PIECE BY P IECE EACH DAYU?

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JUNE FINALLY RELEASED, FLEW HIGH,

ITH PERFECT FAITH, SHE KNOWS...

IN A COMING DAY HAND IN HAND..

SHE AND STAN WILL BE , HER FOREVER BEAU.

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Written for Stanton and June Berg, by Marsha McKeely Ault, Nacogdoches, Texas, August 2017

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Marsha 

(Marsha McKneely Ault) 

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When the Fridley, Minnesota Police Met an Earthly Angel Named June

Stan has often joked about marrying an Angel...Stan's wife June had an honesty beyond anything Stan had ever experienced in his life...and what ever she did, she did with a friendly smile and kind eyes..but of course Angels do not marry mortals and Angels do not get Alzheimer's...most everyone likes to think of themselves being honest, but June's honesty was the closest to God's that Stan had ever seen...an explanation will make this clear.

Several Years ago June was driving her car in Fridley when she came upon one of the usually busy intersections...at the time there was a construction project going on and there were barricades up with construction materials all around...in the confusion, June inadvertently went through a red light...there was no traffic around nor any police and there was no accident.

June immediately turned around and drove to the nearby Police Station and turned herself in for going through a red light...I am sure it shocked and surprised everyone there.

I am sure that the Fridley Police, still to this day, tell the story of the lady who turned herself in for going through red light.
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All ended well as the police did not give her a ticket but just cautioned her to be more careful in the future and since there was no accident involved, they sent her on her way...The Police had just met an Angel on Earth and her name was "June!"

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June

(June - 1966)

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To Honor June and promote Alzheimer's awareness, a special website was set up that provided complete information on Alzheimer's...The website was/is called:    "June's Journey Through Alzheimer's.".

June's website (2016) averages approx. 1600 page visits per day by people from 170 countries...the "Domaine" name of the site is fully owned and registered internationally. The site  host is in Dallas,Texas.

June's website is the largest website of it's kind in the world...The site has approx. 320 articles/pages and stories about June and Alzheimer's...they are all indexed on drop down menus

The site has a search feature. There is also an automatic slide show of "June's Life" that plays continually on the left side of the Home page.

The NIH has a page on June's Website with the latest information on Alzheimer's in "Real Time."

June's website often brings comfort to both Alzheimer's victims as well as caregivers. Such was the case for Sheila Konar on one sad and lonely night in November 1999...Sheila is the wife of  William Konar, a former "Holocaust" survivor from Poland. William Konar started his own drug business in Rochester, New York...this business eventually evolved into one of the nation's leading drug chains. (CVS)

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Sheila Konar, The Holocaust, CVS and Alzheimer's

Sheila Konar

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It was on 30 November 1999, that I received a message from Sheila Konar...it was almost like a "cry in the night".

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"I have never hated any disease as much as I hate Alzheimer's...This demon has robbed me of my husband who was and still is amazing. This is a man who was on the cover of Fortune, who started CVS drug chain...who lived through the Holocaust...He came to this country with nothing and attained incredible success...What good is any of it?

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I responded with the following note: "I am so sorry Sheila...having lost both my Mother and my incredible wife to this terrible disease, I understand some of what you are going through"...Stan

Sheila Konar's message to me posted on June's Website was the beginning of an 18 year long (2017) friendship that is continuing today...it was  several years later on 1 June 2014 that Sheila requested prayers for her husband William B.  Konar, who was dying from Alzheimer's.  (Sheila felt "the end was near") William B. Konar died quietly at his home on 1 June 2015. 

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William B. Konar was born in Radom, Poland and emigrated alone to Rochester, New York in 1946 after his liberation from a Nazi Labor Camp.  Young William went to the Benjamin Franklin High School in Rochester for 2 years, and then he went into business for himself distributing Health and Beauty Supplies to independent Grocery stores.The drug store chain that he later founded in 'Rochester was itself then merged with Consumer Value Stores to form CVS.

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The Konar's donated i million dollars to the University of Rochester, New York...the city in which they had lived their lives...Sheila served as a Vice President of their local Alzheimer's Association...at the time of my Hip Replacement operation in 2005, Sheila was as concerned about me and my recovery as a "Mother Hen"....I still hear from her on occasion as she is on my regular mailing list and may on occasion respond to an item that I send out...she has been one of my life's blessings and an indication of the value of June's Website.

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POWER POINT PRESENTATION (PPS)

June's website also has a downloadable Power Point Presentation (PPS) that tells the entire story of Alzheimer's....the history of, the progress of the disease and the research that has been done...there are 87 slides in the current 13th Edition 2017. The PPS can be used by individuals or by groups as a teaching or educational tool. It is one the finest, if not the finest and most complete story of Alzheimer's.

The site also contains Stan's biography of June, ("Reminiscence's of a Traveling Grandmother") 31 Chapters long and now in the 4th Edition, 2008...this is now an online edition.

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Junes website

(Front page of June's website)

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Stan and June's Children

Stan and June's Children: June and Stan had four (4 ) children as a result of their marriage...their oldest son David died of Lung Cancer from Smoking...their other 3 children are still with Stan...Their oldest daughter Susan lives in Cary, North Carolina..Their son Daniel lives in a nearby suburb of Plymouth...Their youngest daughter Julie is a full time employee at the Benedictine Nursing Home in New Brighton...Her title is "Wellness Coordinator" in the Oakview Neighborhood...Julie has spent a lifetime working as a caregiver...Julie lives in the nearby suburb of Columbia Heights.

June and Stan have 22 grandchildren (2017) and great grandchildren....one of their grandchildren (Erik) named a daughter "June" in honor of his Grandma June.

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 Family Dec 1994

(Stan and June and Children - December - 1994 Christmas)

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Photo Notes: (L to R) Stan's Mother Grandma Ellen, Son Daniel Berg, Daughter Susan Berg Speicher, Daughter Julie, Berg, Stan, June and Son David Berg.

One unusual feature of the birth of Stan and June's children is that three of them were born on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of September and all are in proper order by age. (David, Susan and Julie) Stan has often wondered what the odds are against such a thing happening....their other Son Daniel, was born on the 31st of March.

 

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Stan's Career at State Farm Insurance Companies -1952-1984 - 32 Years

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State Farm Insurance emblem

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June and Stan's wedding had a honeymoon trip of sorts with a stop at Wisconsin Dells...it was then on to Hibbing, Minnesota. Stan's Job title was that of "Field Claim Representative" State Farm had assigned Stan to their newly opened Field Claim Service Office...At the new office Stan handled insurance claim investigations, settled and paid policy holder claims and helped make decisions on payments or denials of liability claims...Stan also worked with the State Farm Company attorney's in possible litigation of liability claims.

During that time, June and Stan lived in a new apartment in nearby Chisholm, MN. Stan's geographical area of responsibility included the iron range towns of Hibbing, Chishom, Mountain Iron, Virginia and Eveleth and nearby territory. Stan's work title was "Claim Investigator Adjuster."

After a year in the Hibbing office, Stan was transferred to the Duluth State Farm Claim service office where June and Stan lived from 1953 until 1957.

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Stan's Promotion to a Management Position

In 1957 Stan was promoted to an Administrative and supervisory position in the new State Farm Regional Office in Roseville, Minnesota...Stan's job title then changed to "Assistant Claim Superintendent"... (Claim Unit Responsibility) other promotions followed: "Claim Superintendent" (Claim Unit Responsibility, Supervision of 7-9 Claim Adjusters -investigators) , "Divisional Claim Superintendent", (A Division of 4-6 Claim Units} and finally "Regional Manager of he State Farm Fire and Casualty Company. (Administrative Responsibility of the SFFC Company, including Claims, Accounting, Underwriting and Service Operations.) "

Stan's supervisory and management career at State Farm was always one of "Trouble Shooting" or 'Corrective Rehabilitation Management".

Stan's first promotion was as a "Claim Unit  Superintendent" of 7 Field Claim Representatives...the previous Claim Superintended had been fired for poor quality claim investigations and  Claim handling. Stan had always maintained very high standards in his own  investigation and claim handling. Stan was expected to apply his high standards to the Claim Unit to which he had been placed in charge of...and which he did!

Stan was next asked to take over the supervision of the "St. Paul Claim Unit"... then considered to be an inefficient and low quality claim operation ... This Stan did and within a year Stan had the St. Paul Claim Unit operating at a high degree of efficiency.

Stan was promoted to "Divisional Claim Superintendent" of the Rural Minnesota Division when the former Divisional Claim Superintendent was promoted to a position as a Vice President of Claims at the Company's Home Office in Bloomington, Illinois. 

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Stan Becomes Manager of the State Farm Fire and Casualty Company

Stan's last promotion prior to his retirement from State Farm was to that of "Regional Manager, State Farm Fire and Casalty Company."  This promotion was by far the most challenging of all of Stan's promotions...this promotion required that Stan assume control of all administrative functions of the State Farm Fire and Casualty Company.   The inefficient and failing operation of this company resulted in the removal of the existing Manager of the SFFC Co.   Stan's previous experience was all in the  claims operations of the State Farm Companies. Stan's CPCU studies were of help to him in accepting this challenge. In his new position as Manager of the SFFC Co. Stan would not only be responsible for he Claims Operations but also the Service, Underwriting and Accounting operations and functions of this Company. The SFFC Co. was a regional operation of which there were 16 such regions in the entire Company. This was the North Central Region made up of two states, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The North Central Office of the SFFC Co. was rated the lowest in performance and efficiency of all 16 Regions  in the Company/nation...Agency Managers hated holding meetings of their agents  as all such meetings tuned into a complaint or gripe sessions about the SFFC Co.

At the first meeting that Stan had with his Staff of the SFFC Co.,after his promotion, Stan jokingly advised his staff that we/they had no where else to go accept up....I advised them that it was my goal to move from the lowest ranking of the 16 Regional Offices to near the top in rankings...I have to admit that I saw many unbelieving looks but I always had confidence in what I was doing.

I missed my prediction on rankings...we were not near the top but rather we were the TOP ranked region of the State Farm Fire and Casualty Company.

Needless to say, the Management of the Agency force was more then delighted with this dramatic change in how the many State Farm Agents viewed the State Farm Fire and Casualty Company. 

Years later when I retired, I received a very nice letter from Kirk E. Erlinger, the Agency Manager at Appleton, Wisconsin dated May 25th 1984. Kirk's letter reads:

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"It was a delight to have worked with you...I will never forget the extra ordinary job you did when taking over as Regional Fire Manager. You made a really Bad Situation Good. I used to hate to attend Agents Meetings because of the many complaints with the Fire Division. You turned it around friend. I Thank You...You are a great man Stan - I wish You Well,

Best Always, Kirk."

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Kirk's letter really made my day...it was a very special letter that I have much prized and never forgotten! It gave me a very good feeling and a special retirement remembrance.

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Retirement

(Stan's State Farm Retirement - 1984 - Stan and June)

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It was in 1984, that Stan requested an early retirement from State Farm in order to begin a FULL time career as a Forensic Scientist and Consultant, operating his own Forensic Business with June as his Administrative Assistant.  

Stan's career with State Farm was a long one of over 32 years, until Stan requested an early retirement in 1984 in order to pursue his career in the forensic Sciences on a full time basis...and which he did until forced to close his business at the end of 2004 (20 Years) as June's Alzheimer's was entering middle stages and required his full time care.

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Stan and June's First Home

It was during Stan's years in Duluth that Stan and June purchased their first Home, using the "GI Bill" Federal Home loan guarantee to secure their loan...The cost of their first Home was $13, 250...even with the GI Bill home loan guarantee Stan and June were required to provide a $2000 down payment. It was only with personal loans of Stan and June's friends, that they were able to secure the loan...that arrangement also required that in addition to their monthly loan payments, monthly  payments  were also needed to repay the loans of their friends...those were very tough economic times.

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Home in Duluth

(Stan and June's first Home at 4316 Oneida Street, Duluth)

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Stan and June's first home was a small one story building with no garage attached or otherwise.

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June and Stan have lived in the Twin Cities area of Fridley, Minnesota continuously since 1957...first they lived on Washington Street until 1965 when their home was badly damaged in the 1965 Fridley tornadoes...Stan and June rebuilt their home in 1966,  at the present location of 6025 Gardena Lane in Fridley, MN.

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Stan spent all of his free time while at State Farm working at his part time forensic career...this involved evenings, weekends and annual company sponsored vacation times. Stan was able to attend forensic science conferences and handle limited case work during these times...this included attending the first ever forensic science conference in the Soviet Union in 1969...This conference took place at the height of the cold war...Stan's work was of sufficient quality that he earned a reputation that resulted in his being appointed to a National Review of the Robert Kennedy Case by a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge...later Stan's in court presentation of findings, resulted in his video appearance on the "Today Show".

State Farm was very supportive of Stan's forensic work and in fact declared his work on the Robert Kennedy case would be a State Farm Project...they placed Stan on a paid leave and on an expense account for his travel expenses...Stan was later reimbursed for travel expenses by Los Angeles County and this money was in turn used to repay State Farm for his advanced travel expenses.

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'CPCU

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"CPCU" study program...State Farm was also a sponsor of an Insurance academic program called the "CPCU" study program...it was a 5 part 5 year study program that could be achieved by either self study or take a series of classes being held at the University of Minnesota...it was considered the highest academic achievement in the insurance industry...it also required the successful completion of nationally held tests or examinations...upon successful completion of the 5 year study, the individual received the "CPCU" designation at an annual "CPCU" conference...Stan received that award in 1967...State Farm paid all expenses for both June and Stan to go to San Francisco to receive his "CPCU" designation...the designation city changes yearly...most of the week is spent at the conference....Stan and June took advantage of the trip to also travel south at their expense for a visit to Disneyland.

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Stan's Rock Hounding and the Minnesota Mineral Club Days

It was during the 1960's through about the 1980's that Stan was an enthusiastic Rock Hound and Agate Collector....Stan and June frequently on week ends, spent their free time in the nearby gravel pits in search of "Lake Superior" Agates...The "Lake Superior" Agate's with their colorful bright banding was considered among the most beautiful in the world... they often did their searching and collecting in the company of Stan and June's good friends Jim and Thelma Campbell...frequently June and Stan's children would be a part of the outing.

Stan was a member of the "Minnesota Mineral Club" and would often display his agate collection at the annual shows....One year David won first prized as the "Find of the Year", a very large and very beautifully banded Lake Superior Agate...When David first found it, he come running while holding his find above his head and shouting; "Jackpot"...and Jackpot it was...David's widow Khim now has the agate along with the "Blue Ribbon" that David was awarded at the Minnesota Mineral Show. This 1st prize Agate came from a gravel pit in Forest Lake.

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MN Mineral Club

 

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Stan and June's Life in the Lutheran Church

When June and Stan were first married (1952) Stan's faith in God had slipped. Although Stan was confirmed in a small Swedish Lutheran Church in Rice Lake, WI during his high school years, Stan had slipped away from the church during his early years following high school. Stan recalled telling June shortly after they were married that he considered himself to be an "Agnostic". Stan did not say there was no God, Stan only said that God had not been proven to exist. June did not argue with Stan's position. All that June said was that she disliked the sound of the word "Agnostic" Thereafter it was June's  constant example, her prayers and her inspiration, that resulted in the Christian change in Stan's life. June served as God's way of changing Stan's life and causing him to accept God and Jesus as the ruler of his life and his salvation! 

Stan did not realize it at the time, but June was using very subtle and effective psychology on him. June knew that Stan spent much of his time in his downstairs office. June also knew that Stan frequently used the little bathroom next to his office. June arranged to place a mounted and attractive plaque with the quotation from John 3:16 on the bathroom wall. It was so located that every time Stan used the bathroom, he was looking directly at the quotation. Stan may not have known much about the Bible but he really knew  John 3:16. (KJV):

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"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life."

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John 3:16

(June's Bathroom Plaque on John 3:16)

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Stan was not a regular church attendee in the early years. Stan would attend church on the various church holidays but had many excuses (none of merit) as to why He could not go to church on a normal Sunday. June set a good example and through her many prayers for Stan, His life was changed. 

On one special Sunday morning after June had left for church and as Stan was sitting in his office - he thought about June and one of his work slogans - "first things first" and that Stan was really not doing that in his life. Stan had a sudden deep feeling of shame in that he had for years let June go to church alone with the children. Stan arose and went to church that day and has done so regularly ever since.  This change in Stan made June very happy. Later when she told others about this change in Stan's life, June would throw up her arms and exclaim: "and suddenly there he was." Thanks to June, Stan not only enjoyed going to church, he enjoyed the new friends he made at church and found himself looking forward to the next Sunday. Stan also started to regularly attend the Tuesday morning Bible Study Class at Redeemer Lutheran.

Billy Graham once described his wife Ruth as "The Greatest Christian I have ever known"...While Stan's Christian world does not match Billy Grahams's Christian world, Stan finds it easy to describe June as "The Greatest Christian I have ever known!"...When's Junes Christian Church credentials are listed they occupy and entire page!

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*June gave Stan the most important verse in the Bible. Reverend Falwell in his last sermon before he died said: "if the Bible was a financial statement, John 3:16 would be the Bottom Line." He also said that when looking for a synopsis or summary of the Bible, "John 3:16 is the Bible's super summary" and if you understand and believe this passage you have got it all.

 

 

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 Stan's Forensic Science Career

One does not just hang out a shingle announcing one's business as a forensic scientist specializing in firearms and expect business to come rolling in...hence it was a part time business until Stan was able to prove himself.

Stan's forensic science career covered the Years from approx. the mid 1960's until he closed his Forensic Science Consulting Business at the end of the year 2004 so that he could devote full time care to June. June's Alzheimer's was entering the  middle stages of the disease and June needed Stan's full time care and attention.

Stan's first interests in the area of Forensic Firearms dates back to his High School years when He would spend some time each summer vacation visiting with his uncle Victor Nedland in Ladysmith, Wisconsin...Stan's  uncle Victor operated a combination Jewelry repair and Gunsmith shop in Ladysmith next to the Flambough River.

Stan's Uncle Victor noted that Stan  had a special interest in test firing guns in his basement area and examining the fired bullets...Stan would record the rifling direction, number of rifling grooves and the width of such grooves..Stan's Uncle Victor encouraged him in what he was doing by telling Stan that perhaps this could be his life work in the forensic sciences. 

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Victor Nedland

(Stan's Uncle Victor "Vick" Nedland)

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Stan's Uncle's gunsmith shop was also located in the path of the famous "Roaring Twenties" gangster Al Capone' travel to his summer home north of Ladysmth on Stone Lake. One day Al Capone stopped in Vic's Gun Shop to see about trading in a .25 caliber automatic pistol that he did not like, for a new pistol. Stan's uncle Vick was able to make a deal with Al Capone and took Capone's gun in on a  trade for a new and better gun...eventually the gun became Stan's property. This gun was kept in Stan's laboratory as a curio or display item and conversation piece...When Stan closed  his forensic consulting business in 2005  in order to spend full time with June's Alzheimer's care''' all of his approx. 170 reference collection of firearms and airgun's including the Capone pistol, were given to the NRA in return for an IRA. Stan provided an affidavit attesting to the pistol's history that went with the gun.

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Stan's forensic career fist started with his Forensic Science activities at the Counter Intelligence Corps Center and the Baltimore Police Department in the early 1950's...This resulted in an overall career in the forensic sciences of some 50 years including and after leaving State Farm in 1984...Stan then devote his full time to the Forensic Science business...Stan's forensic science  business was then closed at the end of 2004. 

The launching pad for Stan's career in the Forensic Sciences clearly took place in 1969, when Stan and June participated in the first ever forensic science conference in the Soviet Union...This conference was officially designated the "Soviet - American Symposium in Forensic Medicine and the Sciences."

It was in the 1960's that Stan launched his career as a forensic consultant...June became Stan's administrative assistant in their new life which would  quickly became a life of adventure...as the forensic business rapidly prospered, it required travel through out the United States, Canada and Europe...

Stan was also fortunate to be a part of a number of high profile cases including the Robert Kennedy Assassination 1975), the SLA assassination of the Oakland School Supt. Marcus Foster (1975), the Chicago Riots following the Martin Luther King assassination (1968), and the Chicago Police and Black Panther shootout (1977)...eventually Stan wold be retained to assist in all litigation against the City of Chicago that involved firearms

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The Soviet - American Symposium in Forensic Medicine and the Sciences

  

Soviet American Symposium

 

(Official Soviet "Intourist" Folder issued at the Conference)

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In October of 1969, June and Stan visited some of the "Iron Curtain" countries at the height of the "Cold War". Stan and June were part of an American Forensic Science group that visited Russia, Hungary and Austria as a cultural exchange. June and Stan were participants in what was designated as the "Soviet American Symposium in Forensic Medicine and the Sciences."..

Stan and June's attendance at this conference and the forensic friends and contacts that developed as a result of this conference, was literally the launching pad for a highly successful lifetime forensic ballistics/firearms consulting career with June as Stan's Administrative Assistant...

This was an historical event in that it was the "first ever" such an exchange in the Forensic Sciences. Such a unique meeting of American and Russian Forensic Scientists to exchange information, had never before taken place in either country. Because this also was a cultural exchange at a critical time in U.S. and Soviet relations, the group was instructed on behavior. The emphasis was that in effect we were all "Good Will Ambassadors" for America.

The American group was headed up by three noted Forensic Pathologists. Dr. Cyril Wecht, (Pittsburgh) Dr. William Eckert  (Wichita) and Dr. Thomas Noguchi. (Los Angeles) Dr. Noguchi was the most prominent of the three. He at times was referred to as the "Coroner to the Stars" in that he had performed the autopsies on a number of Hollywood Stars who had died under questionable circumstances.

Dr. Noguchi's notable celebrity cases included William Holden, Natalie Wood, Marilyn Monroe, Sharon Tate, Janis Joplin, John Belushi and others. He had also performed the autopsy on Robert Kennedy.

Dr. Noguchi proved to be an interesting travel companion with a great sense of humor. He became a friend of Stan and June as did Dr. Eckert and Mrs. Eckert. (Haroldine) Dr. Noguchi was accompanied by his wife Hisato. Dr. Wecht was accompanied by his wife Sigrid. Unfortunately Hisato and Sigrid became casualties of divorce in later years. 

Stan and June would renew these acquaintances at the many other future forensic conferences that they would attend over the next several years. This Forensic Science Conference was the first of what would be 170 such International Conferences during Stan's lifetime career in the Forensic Sciences. 

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Robert Kennedy Assassination

Stan was also appointed to the "Panel of Experts" by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Wenke for the re-examination and the testing of the firearms evidence in the case of "The State of California v. Sirhan.(Robert Kennedy Assassination) Stan was nominated by the Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles County, California (9/1975) Stan was representing Los Angeles County in the re-examination.

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Kennedy Panel

( Robert Kennedy Assassination Review Panel - Stan 3rd from left)

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(Photo ID...in the above Photo L-R: Ralph Turner, (U of MI),  Chuck Morton,  (Oakland, CA) Stan Berg, (Minneapolis), Patrick Garland, (State of Virginia), Cortland Cunningham, (FBI Crime Lab) Lowell Bradford, (Professor of Criminalistics, CA)  Al Biasotti , (California Dept of Justice, Crime Lab, Sacramento). 

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On June 5th 1968, Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot (Age 42) at the Ambassadore Hotel in Los  Angeles and died the next while hospitalized...the shooter was identified as Sirhan Sirhan...On April 17th 1969, a jury found Sirhan guilty. The Los Angeles Police forensic laboratory had examined and found that the recovered fired bullets could be matched to Sirhan's gun...also injured in addition to Robert Kennedy, was ABC Television Network Production Assistant William Weisel who was struck in the abdomen by a stray bullet.

As is always the case, assassination conspiracy theorists started coming out of the woodwork...The Los Angeles Police Department was permitting persons having an interest in the case, to independently examine the firearms evidence...this is very unusual...normally evidence is kept under lock and key and outside parties are not permitted access to such evidence...as one might expect, such examinations by persons of questionable forensic knowledge and ability resulted in claims that the evidence did not support Sirhan's conviction

In an effort to settle the matter and examine such claims, Superior Court Judge Robert A. Wenke appointed a special panel of forensic experts to review the firearms evidence...their purpose was to independently determine if there was any thing in the evidence to suggest such claims of 2 or more shooters.

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Judge Wenke

(Superior Court Judge Robert A, Wenke)

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The functions of Judge Wenke's Panel of Forensic Firearms Experts was to test fire Sirhan's Gun and compare the test fired specimens with the Crime Scene Bullets...The evidence bullets were also to be carefully examined and documented and photographed...each of the appointed experts were required to carefully document and record their individual work product. They were later expected to discuss and testify as to their findings in open court.

One group of conspiracy theorists had photographed the circumference of the evidence bullets and claimed the rifling angles and markings on the bullets were different and thus indicated more then one gun was involved. They had used a camera of unknown quality that they called a "Hycon-Balliscan" Camera used to record their claims..Judge Wenke's appointed experts obviously needed to test and examine such claims.

Normally Police Crime laboratories using a comparison microscope and test fired bullets, try to determine if the evidence recovered bullet or bullets were fired in the evidence gun. Police examiners normally do not measure rifling marks or angles of rifling nor do they have the equipment to do so.

I was the only one of the appointed forensic experts who had much experience in measuring rifling marks and I was the only one that had a microscope with an ocular that would measure rifling angles...It was a specially designed eye piece made for me in Germany...it would measure rifling angles. I also had a monthly published feature in a forensic magazine called "Berg's File Card"...each month a different make and model bullet and cartridge case was featured. Because of my experience in this area, I was appointed by the group to investigate the rifling angle claims...I had brought this special microscope with me to Los Angeles...it had occupied the seat next to me on my plane to Los Angeles..the microscope was strapped in the seat much like a person. One of the appointed members of the panel (Ralph Turner, University of Michigan) volunteered to assist me in the rifling angle examinations...Also at my suggestion, the two of us with the most experience in measuring bullet rifling would line up the evidence bullets under the microscope with a micrometer eye piece to assure a standard for accurate measurements.

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Kennedy Newspaper

(LA Times Newspaper Story - Day of Shooting)

 

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When measuring in thousands of an inch on a curved bullet surface proper orientation under the microscope is vital...after proper alignment. the other experts in the group could view the measurement read off and if they agreed to the reading they could enter it in their record of examination...This would avoid any confusion by the other individual experts in the use of the microscope and bullet alignment...precision and uniformity in the measurements are very important when measuring in thousandths of an inch...Al Biasotti of the California State Crime Lab and I were appointed to handle the bullet set up and orientations under the microscope for the rifling measurements... the other Panel members could then by taking their turn, observe through the microscope ocular and verify our measurements...this resulted in a rapid and uniform method of rifling width measurements...the result was that the panel all had uniform measurement data.

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It became obvious very early on, that the "Hycon-Balliscan" camera was not a precision device and pictures made by the camera on the same areas of a bullet but on different times or days displayed differences in rifling angle...so much for the "Hycon-Balliscan" Camera claims! My own microscopic angle measurements made with my microscope and the angle measuring eyepiece, found NO differences in rifling angles on the various evidence bullets. 

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Wounds: Robert Kennedy was shot three (3) times with a .22 caliber Iver Johnson "Cadet" double action revolver. One bullet entered behind his right ear. The other 2 bullets entered at he rear of his right arm pit...one of these bullets exited his chest and the other lodged in the back of his neck.

ABC Television Network Production Assistant William Weisel was struck in the Abdomen by a Stray Bullet.

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Robert Kennedy

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Following their examinations of the evidence bullets and the test fired bullets, the experts were then to appear in open court and testify as to their findings...and be subjected to cross examination...by luck or chance Stan was the first of the forensic experts to appear in open court and testify as to his findings...Stan spent the entire day on the witness stand testifying as to his findings...when Stan left the courtroom that day, he was surprised to find a crowd of newsman and their cameras waiting for him to leave the courtroom...some of the video's of Stan's comments appeared the next morning on the "Today Show"...when Stan returned home the next day, June had seen the Today Show and told Stan that his head filled the entire screen!

Note: Stan was officially associated with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and asked to Represent the Board's interests in the Sirhan Case, by a phone conversation on Thursday 27 August 1975 with Robert W. Pratt, Administrative Deputy. This was followed up the next day Friday the 28th by a personal visit and conversations with Los Angeles County Board Representatives...I opened a forensic file in the matter and assigned file No. 75-164, "People v. Sirhan" to the case.

Panel Findings: The special Panel of seven (7) forensic Experts, assembled as Per Judge Wenke's orders, found no evidence whatever to suggest a 2nd shooter or that anyone else caused the death of Robert Kennedy other then Sirhan. There was uniform agreement by all of the panel members.

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Stan's Testimony in Court as to His Findings

Vincent Bugliosi

(Attorney Vincent Bugliosi and former DA Los Angeles, CA)

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Stan was the first of the experts to testify in Open Court as to the findings of the panel of Experts...Stan's testimony took an entire day and he was cross examined by the various attorneys that represented the parties at interest in the re-examination of the evidence.

The attorney who spent the most time examining and questioning Stan was attorney Vincent Bugliosi, formerly with the District Attorney's Office!

As Bugliosi was discussing his line of questioning during a recess period, Stan told Bugliosi that in Stan's opinion, Bugliosi's only interest was in prolonging the case.

This apparently bothered Bugliosi as he later told Stan: "You have characterized me, well I will characterize you Stan, you are only interested in buttoning up this case!

Stan later (7/76) received an autographed copy of Bugliosi's Book "Helter Skelter,"as a gift from Bugliosi...the book was the story of Bugliosi's handling of the Notorious Manson murder case...The following autographed note appeared inside the cover of the book:

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"To Stanton Berg

It was a pleasure working with you on the RFK case.

Hope you approve of the way I handled the Manson case for the prosecution. 

My Best Personal Wishes Always,

Vince Bugliosi"

7/76

Helter Skelter

 

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Professional Forensic Science Organizations and Associations

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AAFS

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Stan held lifetime memberships in all of the leading professional Forensic Science organizations such as "The American Academy of Forensic Science", the "Association of Firearms and Tool Mark Examiners". The Forensic Science Society (UK), the "International Association of Blood Stain Analysts" "The International Association of Forensic Sciences", "The International Wound Ballistics Association" and many others...Stan has published papers in their professional journals and lectured at their annual conferences. Stan has had over 180 publications published in "Peer Reviewed" publications and has had chapters in three (3) textbooks.

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The Assassination of President John Kennedy

President Kennedy

(President Kennedy shortly before his Assassination)

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Stan made a special study of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination in Dallas, Texas...he talked with the FBI Laboratory people who investigated the case...saw and received copies of some of the original documentation and photographs...Stan was given copies of the photographs of the bullet matches to Lee Harvey Oswald's 6.5mm Italian Carcano bolt action rifle...Oswald had purchased his assassination rifle "Mail Order"...the fatal bullet match to Oswald's rifle was so good that one could have used it as a textbook or teaching aid...Stan both wrote  papers on the subject as well as lecturing on the subject.

All shots were fired at distances of less then 100 yards at a slowly moving car...Oswald's rifle was equipped with a scope sight...Oswald previously served in the US Marine Corp. where he had received a "Sharpshooter" Medal and rating.

All recovered fired bullets (2) and three fired cartridge Cases found with the rifle on the 6th floor of the School Book Depository building's window were forensically matched to Oswald's rifle...one bullet missed the vehicle and struck the street surface where it was deflected and not recovered...2 bullets struck the President from behind...one struck his skull and the other passed through the President's right neck/shoulder area and then struck Texas Governor Connally sitting in the front seat...(Connally had wounds to his right arm pit that exited his right chest, further injuring his wrist and thigh).

The fact that Oswald missed the vehicle with one shot could probably be attributed his nervousness at the time and his haste in firing the shots...There was no physical evidence of any other shooter such as fired bullets or cartridge cases.

While as is always the case in high profile assassinations, the "Conspiracy Theorists" were all about...none of their theories ever stood close scrutiny! One of their favorite allegations was that Oswald could not have operated his bolt action rifle three (3) times in the measured time of the three shots...what they always forget is that the first shot is free and that the clock actually starts running for the next two shots...actual experiments found that this could easily be replicated!...The claims of seeing a puff of smoke from a shot fired from a nearby grassy knoll had apparently been watching too many old Cowboy movies as modern day firearms all fire smokeless ammunition and do not produce "puffs of smoke".

**Stan's Studies and Findings on the Kennedy Assassination were published in/for these Forensic Groups and Publications: "Firearms Evidence and the Kennedy Assassination",  Fingerprint and Identification Magazine, July 1969, "Newsletter", California Division of the IAI, Sept. 1969, "The AFTE Journal",  February 1970 and "Kriminalistik" October 1969. (Germany)  AFTE is the Association of Firearms Examiners, IAI is the International Association for Identification.

 

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Stan and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

 Hennepin County

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For a period of time in circa 1970's the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office had a falling out with the Crime Laboratory at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and refused to send them any evidence for examination....to cover their firearm's evidence needs during this time, they retained Stan's services...Stan recalls one high level case that he handled for the county during this time...it  involved a body of a man who had been executed by a firearm and left in his car on a top parking ramp at Minneapolis - St. Paul International airport...a later arrest developed information that the killer had disposed of the handgun used in the crime by throwing it into one of the smaller county lakes....it was during the winter months that the search for the gun was being made.  The Sheriff's Office drilled many holes in the ice with a large ice auger and eventually located the gun...Stan was able to successfully match the fatal bullet to the gun...Stan's retention by the Hennepin County Sheriff's office was for a period of 1 year or less...The Sheriff's Office was able to come to a mutual agreement with the State Crime Laboratory and resumed using their services...Stan's retention would have been/was a large cost factor to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office....the services of the State Crime Laboratory would have been and is available to the County at no cost.   Currently the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office  has their own accredited Crime Laboratory.

 

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It was in 1984 that Stan officially set up a formal forensic business under the name of "STANTON O. BERG, FIREARMS CONSULTANT and issued business cards and had his own letterhead stationary with his own designed trade mark or symbol on it...

Stan's tax returns were filed in his business name and he paid quarterly tax payments...June was Stan's   Administrative Assistant in his business and she was paid a modest salary and in addition received an IRA from the business. Stan's forensic career as a formal business enterprise covered approx. 20 additional years.

During Stan's formal forensic business he handled approx. 1000 cases and testified in Judicial proceedings over 350 times...He testified in (1.) Federal, (2.) State, (3.) Military and (4.) Territorial Courts.  He also testified in (5.) Canada and his testimony was also used in a (6.) Japanese Murder Case.

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stan at the microscope

(Stan at his microscope in his forensic Laboratory)

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TRIAL TESTIMONY: Stan enjoyed testifying in court and tried to always be well organized...He had an indexed trial notebook or 3 ring binder in order to keep everything orderly and easy to find...He always had a slide show for the jury to help tell the story of his evidence analysis...He would usually request the Judge's permission to approach the jury...He would then walk up and down in front of the jury box with hand held exhibits to better help the jury to understand the case...Stan had one case in which he had left the court in another state to return home after the judge released him only to have the jury request further information from him...Stan had to travel back to the courtroom in  order to do so...Stan never feared cross examination and in fact in some cases he rather enjoyed it... one case Stan was on the witness stand for 3 days..

Stan wrote over 180 peer review publications and had chapters in three (3) books...

Stan was the Chairman at 4 international conferences in the Forensic Sciences. (Edinburgh, Bergen, Zurich and Dusseldorf)...June and Stan attended approx 170 Forensic Science conferences world wide and he presented formal papers at most of them with projected slides as exhibits and to permit a better understanding by they audience.

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Letterhead

 (Stan's Letterhead for his business stationary)

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Stan's Note: June and Stan had a great life together in the forensic sciences...they traveled the world together... and June as Stan's Administrative Assistant was his biggest asset...everyone loved June...

Stan gives special thanks at every meal time in addition for thanking God for his food, Stan also thanks God for the incredible life that he gave Stan and June together...while as a young person growing up in the Great Depression days, Stan would often build "Air Castles" and tried to imagine what his life would be like with God's blessings...Stan did not even come close...God blessed June and Stan far beyond his wildest dreams!

In Stan's effort to thank God and also Honor June and do something about Alzheimer's awareness, funding and research, he has provisions in his will to continue his Alzheimer's focused Website for 10 years after his death as well as funding other charitable programs with a June and and an Alzheimer's connection...The website has June's own internationally registered domaine name and it's own site host in Texas...the site averages 1600 page visits per day from people in 170 countries...even the NIH has an Alzheimer's focused page on June's Website...some days the daily visits exceed 3 thousand...over 2.5 million people have visited this site since it was first created in 2008.

Other programs include quarterly "Music for the Residents" as a gift from June. June's "Benedictine Blue Grass Five" play a concert for the residents of the Benedictine Nursing Home for one full hour quarterly or 4 times a year...a Special fund at June and Stan's church, the Redeemer Lutheran Church is in her name and is called "June's Old Chapel Repair Fund"....the fund has restored the "Old Original 1916 Chapel" with new electrical wiring, new carpet,  new Furnace and Air Conditioning for the first time...it has also has replaced the front door and the front steps and created basement study quarters.

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Stan and a Lifetime of Sherlock Holmes

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Sherlock

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Stan has been a life long fan of Sherlock Holmes and the Sherlock Holmes stories...Stan grew u p in the "Great Depression" Days when the family sometimes had only $1 month and normally accepted pleasures of life were simply not affordable...reading was affordable at the local library...it was here that Sherlock Holmes became a part of my life...I would often day dream about what my future life would be like and Sherlock Holmes became a part of the "Air  Castles" I would create..

I have lived a life time enjoying the Sherlock Holmes stories and adventures..and I still do...

It was in 1971 that Stan wrote an essay that was published by Northwestern University Law School in their "Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology."...it became a widely accepted and quoted article! The first time Stan visited the New Scotland Yard Crime Laboratory in London, they already knew of Stan through the publication of his article.

"Sherlock Holmes: Father of Scientific Crime Detection",  Stanton O. Berg, (61 J. Criminal Law and Criminology, 446, 1971).

Stan has been a life long member of the University of Minnesota's Sherlock Holmes Club called the "Norwegian Explorers"....the University of Minnesota also has the world's largest collection of Sherlock Holme's publications, memorabilia and artifacts. They host periodic world conferences on Sherlock Holmes.

During Stan's forensic travels he frequently visited London...London was Stan's favorite city and the Home of Sherlock Holmes...Stan and June visited London 9 times including their last goodbye visit in 1999...a visit which was also timed to coincide with the "Sherlock Holmes Festival' in London  As a part of the festival, a statute of Sherlock Holmes was erected at the entrance of the Baker Street underground station...special dedication ceremonies were held.

The "Sherlock Holmes Festival" also had special events scheduled...a dedication ceremony next to the new "Sherlock Holmes" statue in front of the Baker Street Station, special Sherlock Holmes Receptions in the high walk way of the Tower Bridge and a final reception at the House of Lords on the River Thames. A great week and a fun week and although June was in the 2nd year of her early stages of Alzheimer's, she appeared to be having a good time...

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Lord Catteslo

(Lord Cotteslo with June at Baker Street Dedication)

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Stan and June would always dine at the Sherlock Holmes Pub whenever they were in London...on 2 occasions they also resided at the "Sherlock Holmes" Hotel on Baker Street for their week long stay in London.

Stan and June were also collectors of souvenirs of Sherlock Holmes and frequently purchased Sherlock Holmes chinaware, books and other artifacts...  

While June was not a student of Sherlock Holmes like Stan, she certainly knew more than the average person about Sherlock Holmes. She had been to visit the Sherlock's legendary home at 221b Baker Street...she had roamed about Baker Street many times. She was very familiar with Sherlock Holmes home town of London and navigated about it at will. She had stayed at the Sherlock Holmes Hotel on Baker street on two occasions. June was always first in line for a new Sherlock Holmes adventure...Her final contact with Sherlock Holmes was the Sherlock Holmes Festival and her meeting of "a" Sherlock Holmes in person! While Sherlock Holmes is not known to have ever had a romantic attachment to any women, he did display a great respect and admiration for Irene Adler who he referred to as "The Woman". Probably because she outwitted him in one of the stories.  (A Scandal in Bohemia) June is my Irene Adler or "The Woman" but of course with a romantic connection! Perhaps it would be more correct to say that June was my lady version of a Doctor Watson for and of a lifetime...and what a lifetime that was!

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Stan's Forensic Science and Sherlokian  Memorabilia and Records

On 24 November 2015, Ms Cheryll Fong, the Assistant Curator of the University of Minnesota’s Special Collections and Rare Books came to my home to pack up all of my forensic science documents from my 50 some years work in the forensic sciences…the University will be adding them to their collections where they will be available to others for research purposes…

It was that February when the University first took possession of my and June's Sherlock Holmes collections… at that time they also took possession of some of my key forensic cases that had a national prominence…

Later in the year I asked Ms Fong if they would have interest in my other personal forensic records that reflected the course and development of the forensic sciences from 1950 until early 2004…the year that I retired to care for June who then was in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s…these records included documents, programs and papers from the 170 forensic conference that I had attended over the years…copies of the papers I had presented at  many of the conferences and the records of the four international conferences in which I had served as a chairman of the conference…many of these same conferences June had also attended with me as my Administrative Assistant…

When the University indicated an interest in having all of my records, I considered this a high honor and felt humbled that they would consider them of value to the University collections…many of the records of conferences are also records of June’s participation with me in the forensic sciences…many have her conference name tags and other related documents…

Ms. Fong took a few boxes of the records with her and left 11 other boxes of records that she had packed… for later pick up by the University staff…Ms Fong as usual was most gracious and considerate...in addition, there were 12 drawers of 3 x 5 record reference cards that Stan created during his forensic years that were also be picked up by the University staff on 2 December 2015.

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Ms Fong and Curator

(Ms. Fong and the Curator of the University's Special collections and rare books)

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Included were all of Col. Calvin Goddard's personal files...Col Goddard was the father of the forensic sciences in the United States. He established the first ever scientific crime detection laboratory at Northwestern University in Illinois...he also investigated the famous St. Valentine's Day massacre in 1929 at the request of the city of Chicago.

I could not help but breath a sigh of relief in that to me it was a “mission accomplished”…I do not make any assumptions about my life now that I am 89 years old…(2017) I wanted the world to be able to see the documents that also prove that June really was my "Doctor Watson" for a life time in all avenues of my life…and during the key development years of the forensic sciences…

As a possible note of interest, I was personally acquainted with Col. Calvin Goddard, and early in my life I had consulted with him about my future in the forensic science profession.

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Reader's Comments 

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Donna Dischert Blake - Havertown, Pennsylvania - (5 July 2017): "Incredible achievements and such a great read. You should write a novel. I loved reading all the details of your life. Great job. I hope you have another twenty years to add to the story."

Gill Denman   - Essex, United Kingdom - (5 July 2017): "You would be in good company arranging your own epitaph. I do believe that Lord Mountbatten did the same thing. TV companies make up the programmes in advance of a famous person's demise, when Mountbatten heard about his, he not only helped put the programme together, I believe he may have presented it as well. It was shown while he was still around and again after his murder."

Dianne Cogar - Springfield,Ohio - (5 July 2017): "After reading over your "life story" as it is now, If I were your daughter I would find it a real challenge to "pick and choose " what information I would exclude in your obituary. Everything you mentioned here fits together like a well designed puzzle. If a piece of this puzzle was missing, then, as a friend or close relitive I would only long to know just how beautiful it would have been in completion. I suggest you consider this project a (final gift) to you and your beloved June... and, if any way possible, have it printed unabridged."

June Weatherbee - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - (6 July 2017): "Stan ,wonderfully written, as always! I did not realize Forensics was your second career! Renaissance man!!"

Robin DeMarco Harrison - Aurora, Illinois - (6 July 2017):"Wow Stan, what a great job and life you have led , your mom was a very strong woman."

Mike Matherly - Midland, Texas - (6 July 2017): "Beautifully written. Always wondered how you got into forensics and more details about you and June I've always admired your love and devotion. Thank you for posting."

Kathy Honeycutt - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - (6 July 2017): "Stan, I have to say thank you for sharing your life with all of us. You have lived a life that has honored your Mother, your country, your children, grandchildren and your precious June and your God. My own Granny and Mother suffered with Alzheimer's and they both longed for home. I take great comfort in knowing they are both home with their Savior and their sweethearts and that they are fully healed of all life's earthly trials. I understand your longing to be home. I will continue to lift you up in prayer and when the day comes and you are called home , I will rejoice in your joining your Savior and your joyful reunion with your Beloved June who is waiting with open arms of Love for you, her Beloved. God's Peace be with you and it was my honor to read your life story and share a bit of your journey."

Kerry Hunt- Chester, Cheshire, United Kingdom - (6 July 2017): "Incredible life, fantastic read. Thank you for sharing."

Mimi Taylor Nataro - Hicksville, New York - (8 July 2017): "Stan, that was an amazing read! I loved reading it all, even the sad sections. I assume that this will be posted on June's page when appropriate. I grew up in a family that "always read the obituaries" & so each day I do so. I think it is a testament to each life lead. Your story is inspiring. Thank you for sharing. Honestly I would be hard pressed to change/edit a thing regardless of the cost. God Bless you."

Sue Strayer Orcutt - Maple Grove, Minnesota - (8 July 2017): "Thanks Stan for sharing. I have read it several times and find it so very interesting. I myself retiring from State Farm find your career at State Farm so interesting. Thanks again for sharing all of this with us."

Teresa Amspaugh - Greenville, Ohio - (8 July 2017): "My parents were married about a year and a half before you and June in February of 1951. I was a medical lab technician but would really loved to have been a forensic scientist. I enjoyed reading about your life."

Catherine Jones-Hatcher - Richmond, Virginia - (27 July 2017): "I'd say you have done a masterful job. You have dipped your toe into so many different projects and interests, and submerged yourself in others! What a full life you have led, and made all the more so by your union with June. I loved the story of your humble wedding. Made me think of "George Bailey's wedding". 

Kat Wheeler - Tampa, Florida - (13 September 2017): "You are a really amazing man, You surely have accomplished so much, all of your life ... Thank you for sharing your life with all of us, Your accomplishments are EXTRAORDINARY !!"

Jerry Wylie - Philomath, Oregon - (13 September 2017): "This was a very enjoyable reading experience. Your story is absolutely filled with life. Thank you so much for sharing!"

 Ken Barnes - Liss, United Kingdom - (13 September 2017): "Great read Stan ... your eloquent use of the English language is beautiful...love reading the whole story."

Jackie Irving - Liverpool, United Kingdom - (13 September 2017): "You have led a very interesting and fulfilled life Stan ... I have read the many stories you have posted about your travels with June and I found them so fascinating ... thank you for a glimpse into your life and travels ... especially interesting to someone like myself who has never been on an airplane in my life."

Patricia Higgins - Glasgow, United Kingdom- (13 September 2017): "Loved your story of your life, Stanton."

Donna J. Burtch - Bradford, Pennsylvania - (14 September 2017): "Your life is both ordinary and extraordinary. Thank you for sharing your story. What a treasure. I was especially moved by your decision to commit to church and church life, at June's side."

Joy Bright- Buckeye Lake, Ohio - (15 September 2017):"Loved reading your story it was awesome!"

Beth Ann Doucette - Lino Lakes, Minnesota - (7 October 2017): "I really enjoyed this, Stan!! Good job! Very well written!"

Barbara Gould- Cwmbran, United Kingdom - (7 October 2017): "Well done, you had a wonderful life Stanton."

 

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 June's Passing

June 1994

After an almost 12 year journey into the shadows of Alzheimer's, early one morning in late October 2008, an exhausted June felt God's gentle touch on her shoulder and heard the words: "Come Home June!" As June lay like a wounded soldier on a battlefield, it was God's Angels that ushered June into a Heavenly Kingdom to the sound of a chorus of Angels...and into June's new home, a "Mansion on the Hilltop", where there is no pain, nor illness nor tears...June's funeral notice as published in the Minneapolis Star in October 2008 can be seen on this website in the drop down menu under the "In Memoriam" label - just Click on:

"June K. (Rolstad) Berg - In Memoriam"